Fight for Survival
In Tokyo, the reckless single mother Keiko (You) moves to a smallapartment with her twelve years old son Akira Fukushima (Yûya Yagira)and hidden in the luggage, his siblings Kyoko (Ayu Kitaura), Shigeru(Hiei Kimura) and Yuki (Momoko Shimizu). The children have differentfathers and do not have schooling, but they have a happy life withtheir mother. When Keiko finds a new boyfriend, she leaves the childrenalone, giving some money to Akira and assigning him to take care of hissiblings. When the money finishes, Akira manages to find means tosurvive with the youngsters without power supply, gas or water at home,and with the landlord asking for the rental.
"Dare mo Shiranai" is a sensitive movie based on a true and very sadstory. The performances of the children are amazing, highlighting thelook of Yûya Yagira, and the drama is developed in a slow, but suitablepace. The direction is effective and the music score is absolutelyadequate to the film. However, living in Rio de Janeiro, where we seehomeless children begging on the streets everywhere, the terriblesituation of Akira and his siblings does not impress the way itcertainly does in First World countries. The abandoned children of thefilm have an apartment to live and food to eat, what does not happen inThird World countries, where famine children live on the streets in asadder and unacceptable reality. The open conclusion is a littledisappointing, since it does not bring any message of hope or lack ofhope to the poor children. It seems that life goes on only. My vote iseight.
Title (Brazil): "Ninguém Pode Saber" ("Nobody Can Know")